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"[Vegetarian Myth] is one of the most important books people, masses of them, can read, as we try with all our might, intelligence, skill, hope, dream , and memory, to turn the disastrous course the planet is on." Alice Walker, prize-winning author, The Color Purple
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Keith says carbon-13 is a stable isotope of carbon. The reviewer talks about what "carbon-13 breaks down into" (direct quote from review as of this date). Look this up in any nuclear physics or engineering textbook: carbon 13 is stable and doesn't break down. Keith is correct, the reviewer is mistaken.
The reviewer ridicules the idea of evaluating "scratch marks" on ancient teeth. In fact, a number of scholars have done just that. For example, Dominy, et. al., in "Mechanical Properties of Plant Underground Storage Organs and Implications for Dietary Models of Early Hominins", from the peer reviewed journal Evolutionary Biology, 16 April 2008, talks about evaluating the diets of paranthropus and australopithecus - the latter are thought to be our ancestors from about 3 million years ago - based on "dental microwear", which is fancy wording for scratch marks on teeth. Looks like Keith was right and the review was wrong again.
Now let's look at the issue of C3 versus C4. These are not, as the reviewer would have it, "breakdown products" of Carbon-13; rather, they are different metabolic pathways for photosynthesis in plants. The different pathways result in the accumulation of different proportions of carbon 12 and carbon 13; as Keith says, the proportions of these and other isotopes can be used to get an idea of the diet of ancient human ancestors - see, for example, Sponheimer and Lee-Thorp, "Isotopic Evidence for the Diet of an Early Hominid, Australopithecus africanus", from Science, 15 January 1999. Keith does simplify since she is writing a popular book rather than a scientific paper, but she gets the gist of the issue right, unlike the reviewer.
The bottom line seems to be that Lierre Keith was basing her positions on facts that the reviewer was not yet aware of. One could hope they'll be included later in the reviewer's PhD program, before she gets her degree."
It's unfortunate that some of the lower ratings are coming from people who have an agenda and are really not open to any of information the book provides. If you are interested in health, paleo lifestyle, overall nutrition, diet maintenance this is a must read. Worst case scenario you read the book and learn some important things but then ignore it.
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